VOLUNTARY ASSISTANCE

General information regarding voluntary assistance with Africa Amini Alama in Tanzania

 

Areas of Operation

We are looking for experienced, motivated, dedicated and skilled volunteers for the varied fields of work with Africa Amini Alama:

·         Hospital

·         Primary School

·         Children’s Villa (Orphanage)

·         Fundi-Centre (skilled crafts centre for brick layers, mechanics and carpenters)

Details regarding the various facilities can be found under www.africaaminialama.com

As support for the nurses and doctors, the children and their care persons in the Children’s Villa, the primary school teachers and the trainers in the Fundi-Centre we are in need of voluntary helpers from the fields of medicine, (doctors, nurses) Pedagogic (teachers and student teachers, kindergarten teachers, social workers) as well as qualified craftsmen such as carpenters, bricklayers and car mechanics. Also management personnel who can help us with the development and implementation of organisational structures, further, it is also the possible to help in the field of tourism (Africa Amini Maasai Lodge) and permaculture.

Background to Tanzania

Tanzania is famous for its incomparable countryside and friendly inhabitants. The climate in Tanzania is hot the whole year round, however nights can become quite chilly. The months of April, May, (long rainy season) and July and August could be called “autumn and winter” months. Tanzania belongs to the ‘politically secure’ countries of Africa. The time difference is 2 hours during the European winter time and 1 hour in summer.

Africa Amini Alama’s headquarters is in Momella- a village 1.600 meters above sea level situated between Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. Internally, these headquarters are divided into two areas:

·         Dispensary Area:

To this area belongs: hospital, laboratory, mother-child unit, dentist, optician, operation and x-ray unit, doctors’ accommodation, library, sewing centre, primary school, restaurant, voluntary helper’s accommodation, Children’s Villa, Hotelini (tourist accommodation) and Africa Amini Alama’s main office.

·         Office Area

·         The office building is approx. 20 minutes on foot from the dispensary and is roughly 150m higher. Here there are 2 guest houses and 2 guest tents.

 

Flight

The destination airport is Kilimanjaro International Airport near Arusha. KLM (via Amsterdam), Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul), Ethiopian Airlines (via Addis Abeba) or Qatar Airlines (via Doha) are the most used routes. KLM and Turkish Airlines allow 2x23kg luggage free, reservations can be relatively easily altered; flights leave daily. In case your luggage weighs less than the allowed amount, please contact our office in Vienna (office@africaaminialama.com) perhaps you can help us to transport much needed equipment for our project to Tanzania. For €50 we can organise transport from the airport to us. You will be picked up directly from the arrival area.

 

Visa

To be able to work as a volunteer with Africa Amini Alama you need a business visa, costing $250 for a 3 month period. Depending on your country of origin, you can acquire this visa either directly at the airport in Tanzania or in advance at the Tanzanian Embassy of your home country. Your passport has to be valid for at least another 6 months after your departure from Tanzania.  

To receive your visa, please give following address:

Africa Amini Alama (AAA)
PO Box 733 Usa River
In Momella Village
Ngare Nanuki Ward

 

Vaccinations & Medicaments

Institutes of tropical medicine and your general practitioner will give you useful information with regard to vaccinations and travel first aid kits, which should be put together according to your personal needs. The following vaccinations are recommended by most tropical medicine institutes:

·    Hepatitis A+B
* Meningococcus- Meningitis
·    Tetanus
* Yellow Fever (only necessary in Zanzibar, not in Tanzania)
* Malaria (as prophylaxis tablets such as Malarone should be in your travel first aid kit. Should you feel any signs of Malaria coming on, 3-4 tablets should be taken daily. However, this seldom happens.)
>Diptheria
> Polio
> Typhus
> Rabies
> Cholera

Insurance

There are various possibilities available for travel, sickness and property insurance.

·         Credit card: providing the journey was paid via credit card

·         When booking the journey via your travel agent

·         European Travel Insurance

·         Touring Club Travel Insurance (depending of country of origin)

·         State or private health insurance coverage 

Please decide for yourself which type of insurance is the best for your needs. Be sure to read the small print in all cases!

Money

We recommend that you take dollars or Euro with you. In Arusha, the next larger town, you can exchange foreign currency into Tanzanian Shillings (TSH=local currency) Tanzania also has cash points. However cash is only paid out in Tsh.

Exchange rate as guideline:

1€ = 2.000 Tsh
1$ = 1.500 Tsh

The exchange rate in Tanzania is more favourable than in Europe. Large bills (50, 100, 200, 500 bills) have a better exchange rate. It’s still not common to pay by credit card in Tanzania. It’s most important to adjust to this.

Accommodation

The voluntary workers accommodation is in the dispensary compound. Depending on how many volunteers are at work at the same time, there is also the possibility of accommodation in a tent or a room in the volunteer house, or if you are working in the orphanage, directly there. In the volunteer accommodation building there is a kitchen with  basic crockery and a 1 flame gas cooker (propane gas bottle), a WC and a cold water shower. The kitchen and sanitary areas are also used by those staying in the tents. For hygienic reasons please bring flip-flops or beach sandals with you. Also please bring your own cosmetic and toilet articles. (Toilet paper, soap etc. can be bought in the little Africa shops nearby.)If you suffer from any skin problems we recommend you bring your own washing liquid. There are plastic tubs and bowls available to do your washing in. A mosquito net is not absolutely necessary. If you are afraid of spiders or beetles, it would however, be a good idea to hang one up in your bedroom, this will ensure you a more peaceful night!

·   Volunteer House 1

Kitchen, bath, 2 single rooms, cold water

€1 per day/person or €3 per day for the whole house

·   Volunteer Tent

Use of kitchen and bath in volunteer house 1

2 beds

€1 per day/person

·    Volunteer House 2

House half with 2 rooms (one with double bed, one with single)

Shared living room, kitchen and bath with warm water

€5 per day/person or €10 per day for the whole house

·         Children’s Villa (Orphanage)

·         1 room, warm water,

·         €1 per day/person

 

Supplies

It is possible to do your own cooking as a cooking facility is available. In the neighbouring village of Ngarenanyuki (approx.15min by car or 40min on foot away) there is a respectable number of the usual local shops where you can buy the most necessary things for daily use. Friday is market day when you can buy fruit, fresh vegetables etc. You cannot drink water from the tap. Africa Amini Alama provides its guests, patients and employees with free drinking water from a water filter facility belonging to the dispensary compound.

At our “ In-house” restaurant you can buy breakfast, main meals, or snacks at very reasonable prices.

Clothing, Climate and Project Times

Momella lies at 1.600m; therefore it usually cools down in the evening and during the night. Long trousers, pullovers and rain jackets are a must! Strong walking shoes/boots are also a necessity for the many possible hiking treks or trips in the surrounding countryside as well as for the poor road conditions in country areas.

In Tanzania it is not common for women to wear shorts or miniskirts. Please bring long or three quarter length trousers with you. Clothing should be robust and be able to stand up to permanent sun radiation and dust.

January

February

March

April

May

June

hottest month

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July

August

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cool

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Warm/short rainy season

Hot/short rainy season

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Internet

There are computers with Internet available in the library. Generally speaking, Internet is very, very slow here. Mails with big attachments often cannot be downloaded. Please advise friends and relatives before you leave, not to send any attachments of over 1MB. The upload of large photos is also very difficult or often impossible.

If you have your own laptop you can buy an Internet stick from one of the various telephone providers (Vodacom, Airtel) for approx.€20. Data capacity for one month costs approx €15 (25.000-30.000TSH)

Handy/Cell Phones

The Austrian telephone network generally doesn’t work here, with the exception of A1.You can bring an unlocked handy (cell phone) (no contract) or buy a handy (cell phone) on the spot (from about 20.000 TSH).

There are 4 telephone providers in Tanzania: Vodacom, Airtel, Tigo and Zantel. A SIM card costs around 2.000Tsh. Cell phone vouchers can be bought in the village of Ngarenanyuki or in the shop next to the Africa Amini Alama restaurant. Local calls via a local provider are very reasonable. Flat rates from the above mentioned providers are also available. Practically everyone owns a cell phone so that it’s the simplest form of communication on the spot. You can also make international calls with the local SIM card; however these cost per minute approx.1.000Tsh.

Electricity

There are no power supply lines in Momella. All of the facilities and buildings have their own solar collector. The solar collectors at the accommodation buildings are sufficient for light, and to charge your cell phone, or the batteries of cameras and laptops. Hair dryers or electric kettles can’t be used. We recommend that you bring along a multi-functional adapter and electric cable with distributor plug.

Communication

Most of the people with whom you will have contact to in and around Africa Amini Alama, speak English. In the larger towns you can also use English. In country areas it is much more difficult. The official language in Tanzania is Kiswahili.

Useful things to take with you

String, penknife, bottle opener, corkscrew, sellotape+ packing tape, scissors, writing paper and pens, paper handkerchiefs, mosquito spray, sun blocker, torch with reserve batteries, headlamp, washing line, pegs,.....

If you have further questions, please contact our voluntary assistant Jasmin Brühwasser who will be glad to help you.

Africa Amini Alama

Jasmin Brühwasser, BA
Project Cooperation & Volunteer Coordination

Tel. +43 699 110560 50
@ volunteer@africaaminialama.com
S   jasmin.bruehwasser

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